Singapore

  • Ambassador Transit Hotel

    Terminals 1,2 and 3
    Singapore Changi Airport
    Singapore 
    +65 6 507 9797

    Hotel Website

    Rate: Starts at around $60 USD for 6 hours

    Reviews:

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    We’ve stayed at the Ambassador Transit Hotel in Singapore too many times to count.  It’s absolutely perfect for what it is.  A place to sleep for a few hours, shower and move on to your next flight.

    Location:
    Ambassador Transit Hotels are located in each of Singapore Changi’s three terminals.  All are located on the upper level (Level 3) above the terminal concourses and gates.  Signs are posted in each terminal throughout the airport and the locations are easy to find.  Remember this hotel is located IN the airport behind security.  You do NOT clear customs and you DO NOT go to luggage pickup.

    Rooms:
    Rooms here are very basic.  This is not the Ritz Carlton, but it’s not a hostel either.  Beds are pretty comfortable and rooms are a bit on the small side.  Surprisingly for being in an airport, rooms are pretty darn quiet.  Quieter than most city hotels, actually.  There’s a small desk in most rooms and an ensuite bath, toilet and shower (unless you choose a basic room with a shared bath).  Other furnishings are basic, but rooms do have a TV and internet connection available.  Terminal 3 is the newest version of the Ambassador.  If you’re looking for something more upscale, try the Crowne Plaza outside of the airport.

    Facilities & Service:
    Service here is very friendly and efficient.  It’s bare bones, so don’t expect room service or any other facilities.  This is pretty basic.  But remember, you’re in Changi Airport, one of best airports in the world.  There’s a swimming pool, sauna, workout room, countless shops, a theatre showing current movies, and much, much more.

    Pros: The perfect place to freshen up and catch a nap while in transit in Singapore.

    Cons:  This is a VERY POPULAR solution for transiting passengers in Singapore, one of the busiest airports in Asia.  Reservations are STRONGLY ADVISED at least two to three months in advance.

    The Ambassador sits behind security at Changi near the gates. You WILL NOT be able to get your luggage. Make sure you have what you need in your carry-on as you transit Singapore.

     

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  • Wangz Hotel – Singapore

     

    231 Outram Rd, 
    Singapore 169040

    +65 6595 1388

    Hotel Website

    Rate: Starts at $219 USD per night 

    Booked Via: Wangz

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    Wangz Hotel is a phenomenal place to stay in the Tiong Bahru neighborhood of Singapore.  Wangz deserves the rating it gets on all of the various travel sites and we had a flawless experience here. We know you will to.

    Location: 
    Wangz is located just a short 5 minute walk from the Outram MRT station, it’s accessible from just about anywhere in Singapore.  If you’re traveling by cab, it’s a short 15-20 minute ride from Changi Airport and will cost you around $30 SGD.   It’s also directly across from Singapore General Hospital.  You can’t miss Wangz. It’s the only tall cylindrical mesh encased building in the neighborhood. The Tiong Bahru neighborhood is one of the trendier neighborhoods in Singapore.  You’ll find great restaurants, shops and other local finds close by.

    Rooms:
    There are several styles of rooms to pick from at Wangz, each varying in size and design. We opted for the Canopy Room, which was good sized and had a killer bathroom. The bathroom is a large and rectangular, running the length of the entire room. Taking up half the bathroom is the wet area, which has a large soaker bath tub and extremely spacious shower area. A large floor to ceiling picture window is in there as well. You can shower or take a bath while looking out onto the Singapore skyline. Remember that the building has a metal mesh exterior, so you can see out, but those outside can’t see in.

    There’s ample area to work with a large desk, decent closet space for clothes, iHome stereo that allows you to play your iPod through pre-wired speakers in the room and a small refrigerator. Each day you get 2 items from the mini-bar, in addition to 2 bottles of water at no charge.

    Facilities & Service: 
    Wangz has  a small cafe/restaurant in the lobby that serves breakfast and lunch, as well as a rooftop bar and restaurant that serves dinner from 5PM onwards. The views from the rooftop bar are very good and you can see for a good distance across the Singapore skyline.  The complimentary breakfast buffet has a couple of hot items, along with plenty of pastries, fruit, cereals, meats and other items. They’ll also make you eggs anyway you like.  The hotel has a tiny parking garage, so if for some reason your driving, you’ll want to call ahead to make sure they have a space for you.

    The people here were great. Check in and check out was done in just a minute or two and they know not only the neighborhood well, but also most parts of Singapore. If you want recommendations of any type, especially those places where “the locals go”, they’ll point you the right direction.

    Pros: A great boutique hotel in the perfect neighborhood in Singapore.  Rooms and service were five star.

    Cons: At least 10-15 minutes MRT ride to the major attractions of Singapore, although it’s not really a con.